More than seven million people have watched Jimmy Kimmel’s gripping, heartfelt monologue about his newborn son’s heart surgery — and his message about health insurance for all — on YouTube over the past few days. Predictably enough, the reaction from right-wing Republicans and their media echoes has been obtuse, nasty, bullying, stupid, mean, and beside the point (one idiot on CNN said that nobody has to worry because their babies can get surgery in a hospital emergency room). Concern trolls have suggested that Kimmel’s “political” commentary will harm his career.
The late-night host, who can be funny even when talking about the direst circumstances, can ignore all the boorish insults. He will be fine, and so will his little son. But if you haven’t seen this yet, what he said deserves your full attention — and then your action.